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Mission - Cecilia Bartoli sing the music of Agostino Steffani – Philippe Jaroussky, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis (2012) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Mission – Cecilia Bartoli sing the music of Agostino Steffani
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Classical, Baroque
Director: Olivier Simonnet
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Artist: Cecilia Bartoli – Mezzo-Soprano, Philippe Jaroussky – Counter-Tenor, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera

Production/Label: Decca is a Universal Music Company
Duration: 01:00:31
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21992 kbps 1920*1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1, 3: English/French DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3854 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2, 4: English/French LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Size: 16.46 GB

Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational new album from the world’s best-selling classical artist, Cecilia Bartoli, and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart. The album showcases the music of a little-known Italian composer and will include solo arias of various moods and styles, several duets, solo numbers with chorus – all sung in Italian – and instrumental interludes that create an organic transition from one piece to the next and an arc that reaches from the beginning to the end of the album. Such was the appeal of the project that longtime Bartoli admirer and global best-selling author Donna Leon decided to write a mystery novel – Jewels of Paradise – to accompany Cecilia’s album, which uses the mystery surrounding the composer’s story as the centre of its plot. Jewels of Paradise will be released simultaneously with Cecilia Bartoli’s album in English (UK and USA), German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan. Among the distinguished names appearing on Mission is star French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky who features in a first-time collaboration with Cecilia on a selection of duets, alongside the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, the period orchestra I Barocchisti from Lugano, Switzerland, and conductor Diego Fasolis. A cinematographic vision of the album directed by Olivier Simonnet and filmed in the historic Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles.
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Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once - Live at the SSE Hydro (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once – Live at the SSE Hydro
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Pop
Creative Directors: William Baker and Kylie Minogue
Musical Director: Steve Anderson
Choreographer: Ashley Wallen
Lighting Designer: Rob Sinclair
Artist: Kylie Minogue and Band: Pete Watson – Piano/Keyboards; Tom Meadows – Drums; Dishan Abrahams – Bass; Luke Fitton – Guitar; Roxy Rizzo, Lucy Jules – Backing Vocals

Production/Label: Parlophone | Warner Music
Duration: 01:49:43
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 33286 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 5061 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 40.40 GB

After the release of her 2014 album Kiss Me Once, the pop whirlwind known as Kylie Minogue set off on an ambitious world tour that took her everywhere from Monte Carlo to Istanbul to Sheffield. Playing before rapturous crowds with a stage show that could only be described as elaborate, Kylie ran through a set that included hits from her impressively long career. From “The Loco-Motion” all the way up to “Les Sex” from the new album, every song is a sparkling nugget of pop greatness brought to life in front of the crowd. This CD/Blu-Ray set captures a November show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena, and if you were unfortunate enough to have missed the tour, this comes about as close as one can get to actually being there. Just close your eyes and imagine lots of pink lights, sequins, and feathers as the music plays.
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Leon Russell - Carney (1972/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Carney
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1972/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:30
Recorded: Skyhill Studios, Hollywood/ Muscle Shoals Sound/ Paradise Studios, Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Tia Juana, Oklahoma

Leon Russell's third album marked a change in direction. His first two releases were a sort of high-spirited revue, with numerous players and gospel-influenced backup singers. Where his self-titled debut and its follow-up (And The Shelter People) wedded blues, R&B, rock & roll, country and other genres, „Carney“ is a pared-down setting of equally well-endowed songs that make their mark in a much quieter manner. Russell's first two albums had been veritable celebrations, but „Carney“ sounds more introspective. Some of Russell's most loved songs made their first appearance here, including the often-covered 'Tight Rope' and 'This Masquerade.' Russell stayed introspective on his subsequent release „Will O' The Wisp“, but „Carney“ remains one of his very finest efforts. The gorgeous songs and subtle arrangements make for a wonderfully sustained album experience.
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Ketil Bjornstad - A Passion for John Donne (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ketil Bjørnstad (b.1952), John Donne (1572-1631)
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Title: A Passion for John Donne
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Classical, Choral, Classical Crossover, Modern Creative
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 1:12:42
Recorded: March, 2012; Sofienberg Kirke, Oslo at the Oslo International Church Music Festival

Ketil Bjørnstad’s passion for the English metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631) is a lifelong affair. His settings of Donne’s verse have led to recordings including The Shadow, Grace and the ECM album The Light. “After working with the texts of John Donne for more than twenty years, I still find new approaches to understanding what he wrote and I find music throughout. It is in the language, in the rhythm, in the silence between the sentences - a passionate quest for meaning and reconciliation. Donne's dramatic life is reflected in the texts and everywhere in them you will find the passion, melodies and sounds”. Bjørnstad wrote A passion for John Donne for the Oslo International Church Festival in the winter of 2011/2012 and the premiere performance – documented here – was at the Sofienberg Kirke in Oslo in March 2012. The Oslo Chamber Choir is sensitively directed by Håkon Daniel Nystedt, and passion is personified in the unique performance of Håkon Kornstad, who makes his ECM debut, as both tenor saxophonist and classical tenor singer.
Ketil Bjørnstad’s passion for the writings of English metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631) is a lifelong affair. The Norwegian pianist-composer’s settings of Donne’s verse have led to recordings including The Shadow, Grace and the ECM album The Light. “After working with the texts of John Donne for more than twenty years”, says Bjørnstad, “I still find new approaches to understanding what he wrote - and I find music throughout. It is in the language, in the rhythm, in the silence between the sentences – a passionate quest for meaning and reconciliation. Donne's dramatic life is reflected in the texts and everywhere in them you will find the passion, melodies and sounds”.
Ketil Bjørnstad wrote A passion for John Donne for the Oslo International Church Festival in the winter of 2011/2012 and the premiere performance, documented here, was at the Sofienberg Kirke in Oslo in March 2012. The Oslo Chamber Choir is sensitively directed by Håkon Daniel Nystedt, and passion is personified in the unique performance of Håkon Kornstad, who makes his ECM debut, as both tenor saxophonist and classical tenor singer. Kornstad makes the challenging transition from saxophone improviser to operatic vocalist seem natural in this context, and shines in both roles. Bjørnstad’s curriculum vitae has sketched a similar process in reverse: he began his career as a classical piano soloist before forming alliances with the jazz players.
In recent seasons Ketil Bjørnstad seems to have been reviewing the totality of his life’s work; his widely acclaimed trilogy of novels – To Music, The River and The Lady In The Valley – drew on his early classical experience, and both classical and jazz players have rubbed shoulders in projects such as the recent Edvard Munch tribute Sunrise, which also called upon the services of the Oslo Chamber Choir. Bjørnstad’s larger compositions have left areas open for improvised expression, as in the three “Interludes” here, with creative contributions from Kornstad and percussionist Birger Mistereggen, last heard on ECM in the company of the Trio Mediaeval (see Folk Songs), as well as from the composer himself.
Over the years, Bjørnstad has been a highly prolific creator, with more than 50 albums and 40 books to his name. The Oslo-born pianist, composer, improviser, novelist, poet and essayist, described by The Guardian as “a cultural prodigy”, has been an ECM recording artist since 1993, when his Water Stories album was issued. Other ECM recordings include The Sea, The River, The Sea II, Epigraphs, Life In Leipzig, The Light – Songs of Love and Fear, Remembrance, Night Song, Vinding’s Music – Songs From The Alder Thicket, La notte, his tribute to film director Antonioni, and the aforementioned Sunrise, a cantata on texts by Edvard Munch.
The Oslo Chamber Choir was founded in 1984 by Grete Pedersen. The choir is noted for its quality, flexibility and an ability to combine and switch between different genres, such as classical, Nordic contemporary music and folk music. Its innovative exploration of the Norwegian song tradition, in particular, has earned the choir recognition at home and abroad.
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Reinhard Keiser - Brockes-Passion - Vox Luminis, Les Muffatti, Peter Van Heyghen (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)
Artist: Vox Luminis, Les Muffatti, Peter Van Heyghen
Title: Keiser: Brockes Passion - Der Für Die Sünde Der Welt Gemarterte Und Sterbende Jesus (1712)
Genre: Classical, Baroque, Oratorio
Label: © Ramée | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:59:40
Recorded: July 2012 at the Augustinius Muziekercentrum (AMUZ), Antwerp, Belgium

The Brockes-Passion can be considered the archetype of the German Passion oratorio. As such, it served as a model and source of inspiration for famous later masterpieces, enjoying uninterrupted popularity throughout the 18th century when no less than 11 composers, including Handel and Telemann, set it to music. The superb version by Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739) is not only the first but also adheres most closely to the great rhetorical power and rich changes of affects of the poet’s text. In German literary history, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747) is known above all for his innovative role during the second quarter of the 18th century. In 1712, the year of the Brockes-Passion's first performance, Keiser, fellow citizen of Brockes in Hamburg, was already recognized as the most important opera composer in Germany – and, in some opinions, even in Europe. When the genius of these two great artists combined in a single work, the result could only be spectacular. The tricentennial of its first performance justified a belated but nonetheless dithyrambic tribute, here presented by the singers of the Vox Luminis ensemble and the instrumentalists of Les Muffatti.

The ensemble VOX LUMINIS presented its debut concert in Namur, Belgium, in 2004. The group defi nes itself as an ensemble of variable shape, comprising solo voices augmented by continuo and instrumental accompaniment as necessary. Nearly all the members have passed through the inspiring crucible of one of Europe's leading centres for early music: the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. It was in this city that Vox Luminis began its performing development before the group definitively based itself in Namur, from 2009 onwards. The stability and cohesion of the setting since its formation enables the ensemble to move and captivate its listeners as much through the personality behind each vocal timbre as by the cohesion, balance and homogeneity of the voices, melding into one common colour. Vox Luminis is also characterised by the enthusiasm of its members to share their passion for early music with the public. The ensemble concentrates on Italian and German repertoire from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Since its foundation, Vox Luminis has performed in many festivals in Belgium, France, Croatia and The Netherlands. In 2012, Vox Luminis was ensemble-in-residence at the Music and Memory festival in Luxueil-les-Bains, and appeared for the first time at the Utrecht Festival of Early Music, at the MA festival in Bruges, at the AMUZ in Antwerp, the Festival of Flanders in Gent, the Festival of Saintes, at the Centro Cultural Belém in Lisbon, and the Musikfest Stuttgart, among others. Vox Luminis' development continued in 2013, with the group making its debut in many European capitals: the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, the Oratoire du Louvre in Paris, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, in Brussels for Bozar Music, as well as in Poland. During the 2014 season, Vox Luminis will undertake tours to both the East and West coast of the United States. They will also be presenting their fi rst opera during this year. Vox Luminis is supported by the Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles de Belgique, and the Tournées Art et Vie.

Tirelessly, and with the greatest possible integrity, LES MUFFATTI undertake to present musical works of universal beauty, to create moments of timeless contemplation, and, above all, to promote music in the spirit of "slow food". This process implies a profound enquiry, the careful selection of instruments, allowing suffi cient opportunity for broad experimentation during rehearsals, in order that, in concert, the players' pleasure spontaneously shines through, in communicative enthusiasm. Les Muffatti selects its material from the many masterpieces that too frequently remain unknown, yet without shunning those works that incontrovertibly demonstrate the great musical expertise of the baroque and pre-classical eras. The initiative that young idealists studying at the Brussels Conservatorium embarked on in 1996 attained a new professionalism with the arrival of Peter Van Heyghen to the conductor's stand in 2004. Since then, the orchestra has gained international standing, supported by expe- rienced musicians who re-examine on a daily basis the relevance and necessity of their ideals. Today, Les Muffatti receives support from the principal Belgian programming bodies (Bozar, AMUZ, MA-Festival Bruges, the Festival de Wallonie, the Festival van Vlaanderen, among others), and regularly appears at the principal European music festivals (Oude Muziek, Utrecht; Musica Sacra, Maastricht; Saint-Michel en Thiérarche; the Musikfest Stuttgart; the Berliner Tage für Alte Musik; the Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, etc.). The ensemble has recorded some of its favourite repertoire, paying homage to those composers whose works have unjustly been neglected by modern performers (Muffat, Pez, Bononcini, Sammartini, Leclair, Keiser). This approach regularly enjoys international acclaim, and has received many important commendations (Toccata, Diapason, Early Music Magazine, Goldberg etc.).
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Journey - Greatest Hits 2 (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Journey
Title: Greatest Hits 2
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 01:07:12
Recorded: 1977–1996

Greatest Hits 2 is a greatest hits album by American rock band Journey. The album was released on November 1, 2011 by Columbia Records.
The compilation album is the band's second greatest hits package. It was released 23 years after the first greatest hits package in 1988. The album includes the remaining radio hits that were left off the first greatest hits package and fan favorites. This includes "Stone in Love", "Feeling That Way", "Anytime", "Just the Same Way", "Still They Ride", "Suzanne", "Walks Like a Lady", "The Party's Over", and "After the Fall".
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Journey - Greatest Hits (1988/2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Journey
Title: Greatest Hits
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1988/2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 01:05:35
Recorded: 1977–1986

Journey was formed by Santana manager Walter “Herbie” Herbert in 1973 and found most success in the 1980s with classic rock tracks including “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Separate Ways”, “Faithfully” and “Open Arms”.
Their first albums, Journey, Look Into the Future and Next, were notable for their excellent musicianship but failed to secure the success they were hoping for. So Journey made an effort to move into more commercial waters, trying to replicate the successes of Foreigner and Boston. Steve Perry was recruited as vocalist and Infinity was released in 1978, catapulting them to platinum-edged stardom. Evolution and 1980's Departure did little to dent their success.
Escape, their seventh studio album, was their best yet and went nine-times platinum, spawning three Top 10 singles. The critics, however, gave Journey a mauling, accusing them of triviality and of being the worst kind of "corporate rock". Irrespective of the continuing derision of the critics, Journey released Frontiers in 1983 and it kept them in the high reaches of the charts.
After Frontiers, Steve Perry began to wrest the reins from Herbie Herbert, and 1986’s Raised On Radio was released. But a series of problems meant the supporting tour was short, and in 1987 an exhausted Perry walked away from the band.
Greatest Hits shows that Journey knew how to craft a pop song with memorable tunes like "Anyway You Want It" and "Don't Stop Believin'." "Wheel in the Sky" was one of the band's more arty singles, while "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" relied on a straight four-bar blues pattern, with Perry's vocals at their best. The band's power ballads gave them their biggest success, and are rightfully represented here: "Faithfully," "Open Arms," and "Send Her My Love." Another unlikely aspect further secured the band's success — you could actually dance to some of their stuff, especially "Anyway You Want It."
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Jongen: Violin Concerto; Lazzari: Rapsodie - Philippe Graffin, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Joseph Jongen (1873-1953), Sylvio Lazzari (1857-1944)
Artist: Philippe Graffin (violin), Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Title: The Romantic Violin Concerto ~ 18: Jongen: Violin Concerto; Lazzari: Rapsodie
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 65 minutes 45 seconds
Recorded: July 2013 at Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Netherlands

The Romantic Violin Concerto series reaches Belgium and the music of Joseph Jongen, a composer more celebrated for his organ music now, but who was equally admired in his day for his orchestral and chamber works. Jongen studied at the Liège Conservatoire where he heard the great violinist Eugène Ysaÿe and composer-conductors Vincent d’Indy and Richard Strauss.
In this new album Philippe Graffin (a welcome and familiar presence in this series) collaborates with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Martyn Brabbins in Jongen’s Violin Concerto, one of the composer’s first substantial works. It was described by his contemporary Florent Schmitt as ‘one of the finest violin concertos’; and he admired the ‘outpouring of warm lyricism’ and ‘lush profusion of themes and rhythms’.
Also included are other works for violin and orchestra, and a Rapsodie for the same forces by Italian Romantic Sylvio Lazzari (1857–1944) who was influenced—as was Jongen—by the music of César Franck.
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Joel Frahm Quartet - Live at Smalls (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Joel Frahm Quartet
Title: Live at Smalls
Genre: Jazz
Label: © SmallsLIVE
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:35
Recorded: February 28 & March 1, 2011 at Smalls Jazz Club, Greenwich Village NYC

Joel Frahm has been one of the brightest talents on the New York jazz scene for over two decades. His performances on record and live are always a rich and beautiful experience. Recorded February 28th and March 1st of 2011, Live At Smalls illustrates that beauty with crisp sound and soulful musicianship. A great live date that shows Frahm in fine form with marvelous line up including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Martin and Otis Brown III and featuring five Frahm original compositions.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin - Gil Shaham (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Gil Shaham
Title: J.S. Bach - Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
Genre: Classical
Label: © Canary Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source:Qobuz
Duration: 01:57:20
Recorded: Studio 2 at Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany on June 24, 30 and July 1–3 2014

J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are considered by many as the pinnacle of musical achievement, arguably the composer’s most demanding and emotionally penetrating works. After living with, reading about, listening to and playing these seminal works for over 30 years Gil Shaham offers a fresh and vital new perspective on these works, recorded in the summer of 2014, as part of his Artist-in-Residence with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk.
J.S. Bach has influenced every generation of composer and musician. Here Shaham’s insight and bold originality speaks to his willingness to take interpretative risks, while his innate musicianship and warmth – what Musical America calls his “special kind of humanism” – ensures that his performances bring out the partitas’ dancing rhythms along with their soul. ‘I find the music an amazing spiritual experience. There’s something very uplifting about this music’, says Shaham. For this recording he has decided on a ‘more Baroque set-up’ opting for a Baroque bridge, Baroque bow and 3 of 4 strings being gut.
When asked what effect this set-up has on his interpretation Gil Shaham indicated that ‘it changes every stroke, but it doesn’t really change general ideas of interpretation. You can do everything with both sets of bow and bridge, although some things are easier with the modern bow, some with the Baroque one. The “small softness” (coined by Leopold Mozart) is easier with the Baroque bow.
The tempos Gil Shaham has settled on in this recording are also quite different from what one might expect. Shaham takes inspiration from other works by Bach, as he explains; ‘if you compare the French minuet from Partita No.3, with say the minuet from a French suite, or even the famous ‘Anna Magdalena’ minuet I found myself asking myself wouldn’t it work better at the same tempo as the others? The Baroque bow is lighter and is easier to play faster.
The deluxe 2CD package comes complete with Shaham’s insightful views on these works in discussion with former Strad Magazine editor Ariane Todes.
Gil Shaham remains second to none in the masterworks of the mainstream violin repertoire, and here offers a recording of bold originality in what is one the most unforgiving of old-school challenges: that of playing solo Bach.
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